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The former home of Williamsburg Engine 212 will become the future home of a neighborhood community center — but for one day next week it will be an art gallery.

On Aug. 6, the defunct Wythe Avenue fire station will be transformed into a temporary exhibition space for a show, “LIVING with Other People” featuring some of Williamsburg’s most exciting artists.

The project is the brainchild of People’s Firehouse and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, which chose to invite artists to create installations in the fallow space this summer to create more awareness for the site.

Both groups are in the midst of a $1.9-million fundraising campaign to revamp the space into a three-story community center, called the Northside Town Hall, for Williamsburg residents. About $200,000 has been raised, and public officials have committed an additional $350,000 to the cause.

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth board member Jackie Moynihan believes the art installations will bring a new audience into the space while exposing them to the neighborhood’s history of activism.

“It is intriguing to a lot of artists to put their work in a very site-specific, abandoned space that is just opening up the door,” said Moynihan. “It’s almost like a public installati­on.”

The mixed-media portraiture exhibition features a 10-foot public mural, the work of Michael Alan, whose live drawing series has grasped the neighborhood’s imagination for several years, and the work of Johan Kritzinger, Band Antenna, Bariette Bergh, El Celco, Ian Couch, Eugenia Yu, Jesse Walker, and several others.

“LIVING with Other People” at Engine 212 (136 Wythe Ave. at N. Ninth Street in Williamsburg), Aug 6, 7-10 pm. For info, visit nthccc.org.

Posted 12:00 am, August 3, 2010
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Reasonable discourse

sal from greenpoint says:
The link doesn't work under Michael Alan
www.michaelalanart.com
Hope this helps
Aug. 3, 2010, 5:56 pm
Johan Kritzinger from Williamsburg says:
Thanks so much for the coverage on the show, we are all super excited and looking forward to seeing an all of you out here on Friday night!

Just to add a word or to, LIVING with Other People is curated by LIVING company and co-produced by LIVING company and The Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center's Arts Happening Series.

Also, the full list of artists are:
Michael Alan, Band Antenna, Mariёtte Bergh, El Celso, Ian Couch, Sam Feather-Garner, Jacob Goble, Johan Kritzinger, Eric Mavko, Ian McGillivray, Monica Müller, Negotiation of Space, Gimberg Nerf, NOSM & HOW, Christina Rintoul, The Rompers, Rafe Stepto, Eugenia Yu, Dax van Aalten, and Jesse Walker.

And you can find more info on the show at:
http://www.alivingcompany.com

Best,
Johan Kritzinger
Experiential Representative of LIVING company
Aug. 3, 2010, 5:56 pm

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